of the most difficult tasks facing pet owners are
trimming their pets’ claws and getting them to take
isn’t going to be a primer on nail clipping, but
generally, the younger a cat is when you begin trimming
its nails, the less likely you’ll be scratched or
bitten during the process when it is older. Cats’
claws should be clipped every month, less if they use a
scratching post to help keep the tips blunt.
dogs aren’t any more excited about the process, but I’ve
found that if the nails are softened by bathing them
first, they tend to be less anxious.
thing I’ve discovered: Doing the job by sheer force is
an unpleasant experience for both the pet and the owner.
a dog’s nails should be like any other trained
response, such as placing the dog in a sit/stay. Take
charge, do it without causing or allowing a lot of
drama, and move on. Just make sure the animal expects to
receive a high value reward when the job is complete. In
general, a dog’s nails should be trimmed every two
a pet medication can be even trickier, especially if
they can feel, taste or smell it before it is given.
spend $10-$12 for a 30-day supply of tasty treats to
disguise them, or end up giving them too many
high-calorie treats trying to fool them.
with the money we are spending on manufactured pill
pockets, I looked for recipes for moldable treats I can
make at home that animals will enjoy without realizing
there are pills or capsules inside.
people recommend using small sections of hot dogs to
hide pills, but I am concerned that the additives (and
other stuff I don’t know about) in the processed meat
might upset their stomachs, not to mention the sodium
these treats don’t have anyone’s seal of approval, I
have fed all of these ingredients to my animals in small
amounts without any problems. Try not to spread the
smell of the medication to the pocket when you are
products should be limited as it can cause diarrhea in
both species. If a small amount of milk has you
concerned, substitute water or bouillon for milk in the
liver is high in nutrients, use it sparingly as it can
cause adverse effects in cats.
or beef liver pockets: Cook a pound of beef or chicken
liver in a little vegetable oil, including the liquid.
Do not season. Allow the liver to cool, then cut it into
pieces. Process in a food processor until it has the
consistency of paste. Wrap the pill inside a small
amount of paste so the animal swallows it whole without
chewing. Divide the paste into plastic packets with
enough to last a few days. Freeze the rest and thaw as
needed. (From Garden Web online.)
butter pockets: Form a paste from 1 tablespoon milk, 1
tablespoon crunchy peanut butter, and 2 tablespoons
flour. Store in refrigerator or freezer. Use as needed.
pockets: Mix together in a bowl 1 tube liverwurst; 1
package cream cheese; 3 handfuls shredded wheat. Place
in refrigerator overnight. Can be stored in refrigerator
for up to two weeks. (From Malibupetcare.com.)